(WINDSOR, ON) – Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, the Windsor Lancers basketball squads took away victories after visiting the Western Mustangs at Alumni Hall in London. The men and women both now lead their respective OUA divisions.
The ladies moved into a tie for 1st place with the Mustangs after defeating Western 76-64 on Saturday. The win improves their record to 13-5.
The Lancers led by the barest of margins, 11-10, after the 1st quarter. By halftime, the lead was still only at 3 points, 35-32, as both sides failed to achieve a dominating position.
Cheyanne Roger reached double digits by the end of 20 minutes, as she led the Lancers with 10 points. Carley Steer and Emily Prevost each had 8 for Windsor, by halftime.
Roger put up a big 16 points in the 2nd half as she produced a game-high 26 on the evening. As well, Roger completed the double-double by pulling down 10 boards. In a rare two double-doubles in women’s basketball, Prevost also got in on the scoring with 20 points in the victory as well as a game-high 11 rebounds.
Steer just missed out on a third but dropping 12 points and grabbing 8 rebounds.
It should be noted that all the points by Roger and Prevost came from inside the arc, either from the floor or the penalty stripe.
Cleaning the glass was the big difference in the game. Windsor out rebounded Western 41-23, including 20-8 in the 2nd half to shut down the Mustang offence. As a result, Windsor scored 15 second chance points to Western’s 7. Also contributing on defense was Caitlyn Longmuir, who made 3 of Windsor’s 8 steals.
The men also defeated Western in their final road game of the season. The Lancers improve their record to 12-6 and sit alone atop the OUA west, three games in front of the Mustangs.
While the Lancers led 22-17 at the end of 1 quarter, the Mustangs decided to make a game of it and out-scored Windsor 15-9 in the second to lead at halftime.
During the 2nd half, the Lancers got clutch performances from Alex Campbell who put up 7 points of a Windsor 9-0 run to start the 3rd quarter. Mike Rocca also chimed in with a pair of treys in the 4th at a time when Western was inching back toward the Blue and Gold.
Campbell finished with a team-high 24 points and 9 boards. He was joined in the double digit scoring by Isiah Osborne (19), Tyler Persaud (14), and Rocca with 11. Rocca also made 3 swipes in a defensive role.
The men and women will close out the regular season, at the St Denis Fieldhouse, by hosting Lakehead on Saturday followed by Algoma on Sunday. The first match gets underway at 6:30pm against Lakehead while 2:00pm is the tipoff vs Algoma.